Use the dropdown menus below to search within this category

Listen NowTitleFile NumberSubjectsRecording DateAlt TitleGenresInstrumentsCitiesCountiesStateSettingEditor NoteTechnical NoteOnline Resources
Toast on Mr. Chatmon and Bud Doggett6631B27-25-1942, ,

Identified as “Toast on Bud Doggett,” but the toast – which Starks attributes to Howard Spann – has more to do with a Mr. Chatmon’s breaking up moonshining operations.

The Railroad Men Go to Town6632B57-25-1942, , ,

SC to -0.75 / 95.9%

The Animals Have A Convention6632B67-25-1942, , ,

SC to -0.75 / 95.9%

The Lady Washing at the Spring6632B77-25-1942, , ,

SC to -0.75 / 95.9%

Stewball6632B87-25-1942Skewball,

Lomax volunteers verses that Starks doesn’t know. Followed by discussion of his father singing and fiddling the song; Lomax fishes for “Barbara Allen” and “Frankie and Albert.”

SC to -0.75 / 95.9%

Frankie and Albert (#1)6633A17-25-1942,

Starks says he learned this on a sawmill job in 1910.

SC to -0.76 / 95.6%

Frankie and Albert (#2)6633A27-25-1942,
Break the News to Mother (fragment)6650B18-9-1942, , ,
Coon, Coon, Coon (I Wish My Color Would Fade)6650B28-9-1942, , ,

Followed by discussion about learning the song (c. 1914), and its popularity.

Preceded by stretch of blank disc and test segment.

Interview about whites' attitudes towards blacks6650B3, , 8-9-1942

“They’d rather have ignorant niggers; don’t know nothing.” Identified on AFS card as “Attitudes of white people toward Negroes.”

Break the News to Mother6650B48-9-1942, , ,

Followed by discussion about the song, which he learned from a songbook c. 1914. Places it, correctly, in the Spanish-American War.

The State of Arkansas6651A18-9-1942The State of Arkansaw,

Followed by discussion of where he learned it. Identified merely as “Arkansas” on AFS card.

Y/
Interview about his musician father6651A2, 8-9-1942

Discussion of his geneaology – his father’s father was white; his mother was “full-blooded Indian. All the Negro that’s in me is on my mother’s side.” His father was a musician who “could play most any kind of music.”

Talk/ambience6651A38-9-1942
The Late War6651A48-9-1942, ,

Followed by discussion of the song, which he learned in 1918, and the race of song’s composer.

Ollie Jackson (#1)6651B18-9-1942,

Followed by discussion of the song. Learned from a Charley Washington of Kansas City.

Travelin' Man6651B28-9-1942, ,

Followed by a discussion of the song, which he learned at a medicine show.

Fox Hunter's Song6651B38-9-1942

Followed by a discussion of the song, which he learned from his father “about forty years ago.”

Y/
Our Goodman6652A18-9-1942Three Nights Drunk; Three Nights Experience

Preceded by several blank bands and his introduction of the song.

Take A Whiff On Me6652A28-9-1942

Preceded by discussion of cocaine, its effects, and its erstwhile popularlity. “Folks would use it and they get drunk and they couldn’t smell no whiskey!”

Duncan and Brady6652B18-9-1942
Stackerlee6652B28-9-1942Stagolee

Followed by discussion of learning the song and “Duncan and Brady,” which he recalls hearing in 1897 from an Oscar Bramley who sang it while plowing. Starks calls him a “levee-camp man” who learned them in St. Louis.

Interview about riverboats and roustabouts6652B3, 8-9-1942

Recollections of experiences on the river, including sailing from Memphis on the Kate Adams, and the treatment and techniques of roustabouts.

Interview about compulsory labor; freedom of movement; bad men; obeying white folks6653A, 8-9-1942

Discussion of compelling local African Americans (including children) to pick cotton and instances of resistance. Lomax asks about the baddest men in the area; Starks recalls various fights, whoopings, and Bud Doggett. “Mississippi was the best place on earth for a good nigger and the worst place for a bad nigger.” Says his grandmother, a “slavery-time woman,” always taught him to obedient to white folks.

Down On the Farm6653B18-9-1942,

Preceded by fragmentary discussion about whether Starks remembers any blues or “slow drags.”

Y/
Show Me the Way to Go Home6653B28-9-1942,
I'm A Rowdy Soul6653B38-9-1942Whoa Back Buck,

Discussion follows about it being a “po’ white song.”

My Old Mistress Promised Me / Interview about dances and courting6653B48-9-1942,

“Mistress” on AFS card as “Mistis.” Learned from his father. Discussion follows about set dances and courting girls.

Toast (Doodly Doo)6653B58-9-1942,

A vulgar toast Starks recalls learning in jail. Discussion follows about toasts.

I'll Keep My Skillet Greasy If I Can / Old Dog Blue / Sally Goodin6654A18-9-1942Keep My Skillet Good and Greasy,

Followed by discussion of various songs, including “Old Dog Blue” and “Sally Goodin” of which he sings fragments.

The Dummy Line6654A28-9-1942,

Identified on AFS card simply as “The Dummy.” Lomax prompts him with extra verses.

Didn't He Ramble6654A38-9-1942The Derby Ram; The Darby Ram,
Interview about Sheriff Greek Rice outlawing music6654A4, 8-9-1942

Identified on AFS card as “Mr. Greek Rice Outlaws Music.” Discussion of Sheriff Rice closing down the juke joints and barrelhouses.

Story of the rabbit and the buzzard6654B18-9-1942,

Identified on AFS card as “Buzzard Gets Rabbit In A Hollow Log.”

Interview about ghosts6654B2, 8-9-1942,
Ollie Jackson (#2)6654B38-9-1942,